Successful Habits You Need to Develop, Part 2

More successful habits to employ for your future! Read part 1 now.

Prioritize Self-Care

Diet, sleep and exercise are your friends. A healthy body stimulates a healthy mind, so one of the best things you can to for yourself (and for achieving the success you crave) is to make self-care a priority habit. Meal-prepping can be extremely helpful, so you have guaranteed healthy meals. Make a simple workout routine a part of your daily schedule, even 30 minutes every other day. Staying on top of your health, and especially your sleep, will give your mind and body the energy you need to put the work in to be successful.

Be Goal-Oriented

No doubt you’ve heard about goal setting and how instrumental it is to a successful career. If so, good. If not, listen up. Setting specific goals to work toward does three things (among others): motivates you, focuses your energy, and allows you to track your progress. Physically making goals, as in writing them down and tracking them, is an important step. You should always maintain some kind of detailed agenda, planner or calendar to track your specific goals, and to break down the steps you need to take to achieve your goals. This way, you stay organized and on-task while also giving yourself something to look back on to see how far you’ve come. It’s a powerful thing.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

If you don’t know what’s coming next in your industry, how are you to prepare for your future in it? Any successful person in any career tend to do one thing better than their less successful counterparts – read. And not just read for fun, mind you. They read for research purposes, for industry insights, for improving themselves by examining what others are doing, for staying ahead of the curve. Every day or every week, you should actively seek out the most recent news within your industry. A good idea is to find who the ‘thought leaders’ are in your field, whether they’re individuals or other companies, and consume as much information from them as you can. The only way to be better than your industry competition is by knowing what they’re doing and improving upon it.

These habits are only the beginning. As you progress through your career and education you will undoubtedly form habits of your own. Just make sure they’re positive to your overall goal – success. CCNN is committed to giving you all the resources you need for your vision of success. Talk with CCNN’s instructors and counselors about adopting the kinds of habits that will make you the best you can be. And remember, consistency is key.

Achieving success is a process. It takes work. While education and resources are vitally important for success, they don’t guarantee it. What every professional can do to boost their chances of career success is, firstly, to develop habits of successful people. And secondly, to start early. Start your education early, start setting goals early, and start developing these habits early. But developing new habits can be difficult and, in itself, a process. The trick to adopting successful habits is starting early and, as with all other things, practice. Here we’ll identify habits of successful people so that you might implement them in your own life in your pursuit of career success.

Forward-Thinking is Successful Thinking

Having a proactive mindset versus a reactive mindset is hallmark of successful people. While it seems simple on paper, the practice is a bit more complex. All that is really required to train yourself to adopt a future-forward mindset is determination and will-power. Planning is a huge part of it. Start by creating a detailed calendar of your next 3 months, and then work backwards from month 3, crossing off things on your to-do list well in advance. Budget out next month’s paycheck, Start the assignment not due for two weeks, change the oil in your car before mile 3,000. Executing on the small things well-in-advance of their deadline is the first step to having a forward-thinking mindset. With practice and patience, your bigger goals like getting that next promotion, buying a house, supporting a family, etc. won’t seem so out of reach.

Challenges Are Opportunities for Progress

Most successful people didn’t sail there on smooth waters. After all, calm seas never made skilled sailors. You’ll find yourself faced with plenty of challenges on your path to success. How you handle those challenges will define your success. And what most people at the highest levels of success will tell you is to embrace the challenges. Take them on with positivity and a forward-thinking mindset. Each challenge will make you better, whether you overcome or fall short. It’s all about intent and effort. The more you actively seek out challenges, the better you’ll become at pushing through them. And soon enough, when the big obstacles come your way, you’ll be ready for them.

Keep Good Company

Success is almost never achieved alone. Whether you realize it or not, the people around you heavily influence your life, achievements, and overall mindset. If your current or old friends don’t share your ambition or career interest, do your best to go out and find those people. If you’re in school this should be easy, just form study groups with fellow students in your program. This is not to say you have to do away with your old friends, only make new ones.

The people you surround yourself with will have a huge influence on your level of career success. The best thing young professionals can do is join networking groups or get involved with different trade organizations. Do you best to learn from those more experienced than yourself. When you’re mapping out your path to success, finding a mentor can also be tremendously helpful. A mentor is someone who helps guide you through your career path, acting as a support system back by experience. Your CCNN program advisor is a great resource to help seek out mentors and professional organizations.

These habits are only the beginning. Stay tuned for part 2!

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